Parishioners and staff at Sacred Hearts Church in Haverhill, Mass. are still in shock over the Christmas Eve attack on the nativity scene outside of the house of worship.
Someone desecrated the display, stealing the statue of the baby Jesus and replacing it with a severed head of a pig, dripping in blood.
On Friday, after police had completed an initial investigation on the scene, a local woman, who is not a member of the Sacred Hearts parish was moved by the story and replaced the stolen statue with a new baby Jesus she had purchased for her son, completing the nativity scene.
Haverhill's mayor, James Fiorentini expressed his anger and shock, calling the vandalism, "an outrage."
During a press conference on Friday, Police Detective Lt. Robert Pistone told the media the vandals removed a Plexiglas cover that was protecting the nativity scene, stole the baby Jesus figure and left the bloody pig's head.
The desecration likely occurred between 1:30 a.m., after the Christmas Eve midnight mass, and before dawn. According to the Eagle Tribune story, Rev. Benjamin LeTran, an associate pastor, noticed the display had been tampered with and took a closer look. LeTran discovered the crime and alerted Sacred Hearts' pastor, Rev. John Delaney.
Today, following a scheduled 4 p.m. Mass, Rev. Delaney and regional Bishop Hennessey will be on hand to bless the nativity scene.
As of Saturday morning, no arrests have been made. Police are reporting that a plastic bag, large enough to hold the pig's head, and containing what appears to be blood, was found near the scene.
WCVB in Boston is also reporting that the FBI is now assisting in the investigation. An anonymous tip line (978-373-1212) has been set up for anyone with information about the crime.
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